Indigenous Education at UBC: Pre-service and In-service Teacher Education

Indigenous education in the Faculty of Education continues to respond to the important changes in the educational landscape that include provincial and national curriculum reform emphasizing Indigenous perspectives and learning approaches, including BC’s redesigned curricula’s First Peoples Principles of Learning. Further, the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation has called for professional learning for educators that supports their knowledge about Canada’s residential school history and learning about how to effectively integrate Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into teaching and learning.

The Faculty’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education, has been offered four times reaching over 20,000 participants, with the majority representing educators from across Canada. We will offer it once again in January 2018.

Adding to the professional development of educators and administrators is the recently released publication, Learning, Knowing, Sharing: Celebrating Successes in K to 12 Aboriginal Education in British Columbia. Drs. Jo-ann Archibald and Jan Hare bring together a collection of stories by educators from across BC that describe programs, resources, initiatives, processes, and partnerships that are shaping Aboriginal education in new and exciting ways. Schools and districts can engage professional development through reading and discussing chapters that offer strategies, ideas, teaching exemplars and innovations that inspire conversations for change.

Dr. Jan Hare, Associate Dean, Indigenous Education

Addressing the pressing need for more Indigenous educators is NITEP, UBC’s Indigenous Teacher Education Program, with another new field center in the Cariboo region. The field centre is hosted in partnership with Williams Lake and Quesnel school districts, Tsilhqot’in National Government, TRU-Williams Lake and UNBC South Central Campus. With this new field center and our growing on-campus cohort, there are 84 Indigenous teacher candidates in NITEP. We take great pride in our commitment to Indigenous teacher education, recognizing the leadership of NITEP graduates at local, provincial, and national levels.

We are excited about a new Indigenous Education cohort for teacher candidates who want to develop deeper understandings of innovative approaches to advance Indigenous perspectives, content and pedagogies in to their practice through experiences with Elders, land- and place-based learning, and engaging with Indigenous educators. Teacher candidates graduating from this cohort will also bring leadership in Aboriginal education throughout BC.